Viru - AS Tartu Õlletehas
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Reviews by mdunman:
3.63/5 rDev +34.4%
A: Transparent gold with a decent white head
S: Light maltiness with some lemony hops
T: Sweet maltiness up front with a twist of lemon, followed by some weighty hops.
M: Light body with decent carbonation and a semi-smooth finish
I originally bought this because it had an awesome bottle and it was fairly cheap. But after cracking it open I found it to be a surprisingly pleasant experience. I wouldn't rush back for more, but I would definitely come back at some point. Good summer day beer.
04-19-2011 03:44:03 | More by mdunman
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1.98/5 rDev -26.7%
This came in a cool octagonal shaped bottle and is from Estonia so I went for it.
It pours a sickly transparent yellow reminiscent of malnurished urine. Almost clear.
The aroma and taste are of lightly skunked water and has a true corn husk thing going on.
This is pretty bad, not worth looking at, buying, or drinking. Try again Estonia.
05-04-2010 03:57:54 | More by brownbeer
3/5 rDev +11.1%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #37 (Feb 2010):
Malt from Lithuania and hops from the Czech Republic, though the nontraditional-shaped bottle is really trying to set itself apart from the rest of the lagers out there. Pale yellow color and a lesser head than what a lager should have. Not much in the nose other than some dried grassiness from the grain. Massive crispness puts some force on the palate; refreshing. Watery malt body does not have much depth, though stays very clean. Hops are lemony and spicy with enough bitterness to get by. Bone-dry finish that has a virtually immaculate aftertaste.
What it is missing in complex nuances, it makes up for it by being really refreshing. Still, a no-frills lager.
11-12-2010 19:39:49 | More by BeerAdvocate
United Kingdom (England)
2.66/5 rDev -1.5%
A 300ml bottle with a BB of July 2014. The bottle is an interesting octagonal cone shape. Acquired a while back from a supermarket. My gut feeling is that the bottle will turn out to be the best feature of this brew.
Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear pale-gold colour with good carbonation. Forms a small head of white foam that lasts for a minute or two before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of faint malt with hints of stewed leaves, overcooked veg and a twinge of DMS. Not particularly pleasant.
Tastes of ultra-light malt with a dry finish. Notes of cabbage/overdone veggies, stewed leaves, husks, a whisper of malt and faint corn. Well-attenuated, followed by a subtle bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with spritzy carbonation and a thin, watery body. Slightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of stewed veg/leaves and husky grain.
Bleh - a decidedly subpar lager. Looks pretty average, while the aroma and flavour are faint and beset with off-notes that detract from the experience. Lacklustre body. No great shakes; bland and unsatisfying. Do yourself a favour and give it a miss.
05-12-2014 22:38:24 | More by jazzyjeff13
2.85/5 rDev +5.6%
(Served in a strange)
A- This beer pours a pale yellow crystal clear body with a foamy white head that has a slight yellow hue to it. There is a sea of bubbles but that is not enough to keep the head alive for more than a sip.
S- The slightly sweet sulfury hint of an aroma has a faint field corn note when it opens up but it is still very clean and devoid of good or bad aromas.
T- The very faint sweetness fades to a carbonic acid bite in the finish. The aftertaste is also light wit a slight pungent note that is pretty nondescript. There is a dryness in the finish aswell.
M- The light mouthfeel has a big fizzy finish that scrubs the palate of any flavor that might exist.
D- The aroma was stronger than the taste but there is realy nothing to either of them good or bad. It was a bit like drinking carbonated water.
10-28-2010 14:46:31 | More by rhoadsrage
3.08/5 rDev +14.1%
Interestingly, this is the first beer I've bought since I arrived for vacation in Asheville. I got this one at Greenlife.
I was surprised by the appearance. A white head formed over this pale yellow brew and, while it seemed soft, it had some staying power and even left a little lacing behind.
The aroma is light malts and grains with a faint vegetable note. Nothing really to speak of, but not offensive.
The taste is straightforward, pretty similar but with a light malt sweetness to it and an herbal finish.
This beer was pretty smooth actually, though not as crisp as a typical adjunct. In many ways, this reminded me more of a Euro Pale than an adjunct. Just a side note.
This one really isn't undrinkable, and it went pretty well with the pasta salad and spinach cake I was eating on a hot afternoon.
07-06-2010 21:57:41 | More by Brenden
2.88/5 rDev +6.7%
Funky, 8-sided pyramidal bottle, like something out of Star Trek or Star Wars, with the actual brewery and beer name (A. Le Coq) embossed near the base, and a much less interesting paper label on the neck, obviously slapped on for overseas treatment.
This beer pours a clear pale straw colour, with a half finger of blink-and-you-miss-it fizzy white head, which is just as spare in its lace rendering. It smells of sweet corn malt, and farmer's field grassiness - wet hay and weeds. The taste is mildly sweet adjunct grains, some buttery alcohol, and grassy, weedy hops. The carbonation is pretty sedate, the body light, buy not overly so, with nothing else of note. It finishes off-dry, warm, and more-or-less clean.
As neat as the bottles is, the beer runs in entirely the opposite direction. Bland, inoffensive, I suppose, and just not worth the novelty.
11-26-2010 00:43:46 | More by biboergosum
3.9/5 rDev +44.4%
Lookin good, clear gold with a fast blend of carbonation leading to a one finger of white fluff....
Bready and mild yeast, and a spent grains in the nose
Wet wheat, and some sourdough pillar on top of a sweet peachy malt. This is actually a great flavored beer, perhaps because my expectations were so low and the prior reviews were bad as well.
Light and medium bodied, very clean with the ability to linger on the tongue for a few moments
Overall let it warm up and it blooms, I loved it!
06-21-2011 01:18:07 | More by JoeAmerican77
2.51/5 rDev -7%
I stumbled upon this Lithuanian beer at Roosevelt at 7, McAllen, Texas. One should note that the water in this beer is from one of the deepest wells in all of Europe. It pours crystal clear yellow, little head, and average carbonation. It tastes like well water, with hints of malt, corn, honey, and a sweetness, it has a metallic aftertaste, and is not filling. It comes in a unique bottle....
04-10-2014 04:32:43 | More by ChristopherWIU-UTPA
2.93/5 rDev +8.5%
I was searching for Carolina beers at Chip's Wine and Beer in Kill Devil Hills, NC and found this. I figured I'd never has Estonian beer and gave it a shot. It's basically just another clean continental lager. The aroma has very mild vegetable off-notes, but otherwise it's a simple and refreshing beer. It's no big surprise, but Estonians can make a macro lager as well as any one else.
06-27-2010 03:45:54 | More by tempest
United Arab Emirates
2.75/5 rDev +1.9%
Poured it into a tulip shaped white wine glass to assess the aromas.
Light straw golden. Thin and bubbly head - disappearing quite fast.
Light - floral hop, faint fresh brewery aromas [same smells you can sense, if a brewery near you is brewing fresh beer] - hay/grass - later on aromas are changing to almost offensive metallic.
Very light, almost like water; light hay aromas, very light hops bitterness.
Watery - carbonation similar to Badoit water.
Very short - even bitterness cannot prevail a couple of minutes.
What should I say, the bottle looks totally awesome. But the beer inside is just not delivering.
A perfect lady beer, for a beer garden - for ladies, who don't really like beer. It is inoffensive throughout - but also just fail to impress on any level.
07-06-2012 15:38:10 | More by opalchemist
3.2/5 rDev +18.5%
Poured from a 12oz bottle.
A- Pours a pale straw yellow color. One and a half figner head shows poor retention. Light streak of lacing on the sides of the glass.
S- Sweetness off the bat with a hint of cereal grains. Nothing else really...although the flavor for what it is is very clean.
T- Sweetness that was in the aroma is coming off as the first taste in the beer. There is some light cereal grains that comes and goes rather quickly before giving way to light alcohol bite. Plain and simple this beer's flavor just is average at best with no off flavors.
M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is high for the beer I think but typical for the style. Sweet corn notes left on the palate. Aftertaste is a sweet alcohol and that seems about it and nothing else. No off flavors at all and actually for what it is very clean. Light drying on the palate from alcohol.
D- With this beer not being full of off flavors like a lot of adjunct lagers it makes it very drinkable. Refreshing? Well that might be pushing it. Although I really did like this beer for what it was I wouldn't drink a sixer although if it were hot outside I think I might.
01-02-2011 21:44:43 | More by alleykatking
3.13/5 rDev +15.9%
Pours to a thin white head and moderate lacing. Color is pale gold. Aroma is grainy, bready and slightly sour with a very faint hint of spicy noble hops. Flavor is typical for the style, clean, crisp, grainy, balanced with noble hops and light. Dry finish. Light mouthfeel with CO2 appropriate for the style. Overall, this is a good beer for the style, not too weird or offensive but not very remarkable either. I don't know why it is getting such bad reviews, it is not bad at all.
10-05-2013 07:26:04 | More by EagleTalon
2.85/5 rDev +5.6%
A- I have to say that the bottle is one of the best shaped bottles I've ever come across so that will earn this brew some marks immediately. The liquid itself is a partially hazed yellow color...almost like cloudy urine. The head is kind of non existent unfortunately, with little present initially and even less after settling down. There seems to be a decent amount of carbonation and the lacing isn't much to notice either. The contents of this wonderful looking bottle are a real letdown...
S- Interesting to say the least....there is some sweet, fruity malt noticeable in behind the typical cheap lager aromas....grass, raw grain and corn adjunct....lots of corn adjunct. The fruit that I noticed was citrus like in nature, and at does add somewhat to the overall character. I don't really smell a strong hop profile, as I would have liked to expect for this 'Pilsener' style lager....oh well...
T- The flavors in general actually aren't bad at all....there is a distinct biscuit like flavor noted, that reminds me of fresh yeast, and has a buttery (diacetyl) flavor that seems a little out of place. There is quite a bit of sweet malt noted and unfortunately boiled corn water is also a flavor I taste on my palate. Slight apple fruit is noticeable in the middle and the finish doesn't have much of a bitter saaz hop flavor....rather more of a cloying sweetness that lingers.
M- I have to say that this is a smooth, creamy beer to drink....even with a cleansing type of bubbly goodness on the palate. The body of the beer is medium-thin, which surprised me somewhat for this style. Nothing overly bad within this category!
O- This is an easy drinking, reasonably smooth beer to drink, but it just doesn't deliver overall...it is still a cheap Euro lager, that while it does have a richer malt profile, it is still full of adjunct blah-ness. I don't think I'd go out of my way to buy this one again, but won't go so far as to say that is shouldn't be tried by anybody...just not the beer that the good people at Viru say it is, that's all!
04-01-2013 03:59:53 | More by ChrisCage
2.7/5 rDev 0%
10 ounce bottle, date on bottle cap of 07.10.10. The bottle was stored in the cooler at the Party Source, but I'm pretty sure it's nowhere close to being fresh at this point. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy gold color with a half inch white head. The head went away quickly, and there isn't much lacing, either. Aroma is sweet and bready malt. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also a weird bitter taste that I don't care for. Mouthfeel/body is light, and it's a bit slick. It's also smooth and goes down easy. For the style it's not a bad brew. Worth a try if you can get a single bottle of it like I did. I might have to try a fresher bottle of this in the future.
05-28-2011 00:07:11 | More by bluejacket74
Viru from AS Tartu Õlletehas
65 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.